Cassis GR 98 Hiking, Provence, The South of France,
Short Hikes From Cassis
Cassis, southeast of Marseilles
on the Cote d' Azure, is noted for
its hiking along the rock formations
and coves called Calanques.
Cassis is one of the many
Mediterranean beach and resort
villages along the coast which
include St Tropez, Cannes and
Nice further east.
Cassis can make a good base for
hikes along the GR 98. Bus and
train service reach Cassis from
Cassis is also noted for white wine
made locally and for its casino
TGV trains reach Marseilles in
about three hours from Paris.
Bus, train, and good roads reach
Cassis has a sheltered harbor, cove-side restaurants, and tour
boats that make trips to the secluded inlets. Hikers go ashore to
explore the steep cliffs, others walk along the shore and over the
cliffs to the right of the village as you face the water. The trails
traverse the high massif above the Mediterranean, seen in the
background of the photo above
For the beginning
hiker, a good option is
to take the tour boats
from the village docks.
They take you out
along the limestone
cliffs into the fjords
known as Calanques.
The tours offer an
option where you go
ashore and hike for
the day and then meet
the boat for the return
trip to the harbor at
Cassis is on the Mediterranean and has a great little harbor rimmed
by waterside restaurants where you can start or end a hike above the
Calanques. Bus service connects to Marseilles. The GR 98 hiking trail
runs along the coast along with many other short trails that connect the
Cassis Hiking on the GR 98, Vacation, Provence, The South of France,
Short Hikes to the Calanques
Hikers out of Cassis can easily
each Port Miou, seen here. The
mile-long inlet is sheltered and
popular with boaters.
There exists along the coast between Marseilles and
Cassis many Calanques, (Inlets) large and small
The larger and better known Calanques in order if you are hiking
from Marseilles to Cassis will be the Calanques Calanque,
Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, de L'Oeil de Verre, Devenson,
En Vau, Port Pin, and Port Miou.
To make this hike interesting there are two de L'Oeils, one L'oule
de Verre between Devenson and Sugiton, and one L'oule, a small
inlet surrounded by steep cliffs, between En Vau and Devenson.
A map will help you make the most of your hike.
Short Hikes From Cassis:
To make a short half-day hike to the two closest Calanques near
the village of Cassis, leave Cassis by road near the Plage
Mahogany (Beach) on the Avenue Traverse du Soleil. This will be
on your right as you face the water.
- Reach Avenue de Calanques and follow it to the Calanque
From Port Miou pick up the trail to the
These are two popular Calanques for boaters, kayakers and
beachgoers. Port Pin will be the less crowded of the two
hikers, the trail
from Cassis to
Port Miou is a
this port and
use the inlet.
A little further
on, Port Pin
makes a good
The ideal Hiking and climbing
season is October through April.
The exception to that is when
Mistral winds make climbing and
For short hikes you can park in
the village of Cassis and hike the
trails along the coast.
Hiking could be prohibited in this
area due to fire hazard from July
to the first week in September.
May and June and Mid September
and October could be ideal
months for a visit.
The hiking trails follow the coast
above the Mediterranean on the hills
behind the cliffs.
On a short hike from Cassis hikers
can reach Port Pin and Port Miou
Cassis GR 98 Hiking will require a good map. The hills above
the Mediterranean near Cassis in Provence, The South of
France, are ideal for hiking but many trails connect the large
and small Calanques. Even on a short hike, a map is helpful
One of four beaches
at Cassis, Plage de
la Grande Mer, in the
center of the village
From Port Pin the main trail leads to
- Calanque d'en Vau after a
round about course north and then
south again to the head of the
Calanque where there is a small
Again the trail skirts the high cliffs to the
- Calanque de l'Oule (not L'oule
The trail then goes northwest along the
cliffs and then south to reach the
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|When To Go To Cassis, Provence:
Mid March to Mid November is a good time to visit Cassis although September to November
will have more rainy days. Winter months are without snow but could be cold with January
averaging from 37 lows to 51 highs. There could be a cold Mistral wind in winter.
Provence biking and hiking is good any season except that during July, August, and the first
half of September some woods and trails could be closed due to fire hazard. The Cassis GR
98 will remain open but other trails might close due to high wind or fire hazard.
Cassis is on the Mediterranean Sea.
May (78 highs to 55 lows) and the early part of June are ideal. The end of June, and all of
July and August can be warm in the mid day (June 78-61) and crowded at times as much of
Europe takes its summer vacation. Much of France goes on a six-week July August vacation
and many people head south to Provence. (August 83 highs to 65 lows)
Summer months are warm and dry. Weather is ideal in May and June and September
October, great months to visit.
Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration in the summer, more frequent
Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Cassis is notable dry in summer. Mid March to Mid November will find most attractions
Cassis Provence, can be reached by bus and train from Marseilles. Cassis Gare SNCF
(station) The train station is uphill (2miles) from the town and provides bus service to the
casino about every hour, 7 am to 7 pm, summer. A telephone is available at the station for
calling a cab.
Hiking, Biking, Vacation Rentals, Calanque boat rides, beaches, and the Casino Gambling are
located within a short walk from the Casino stop. Bus Marseilles to Cassis
Boats leave Cassis Harbor for
tours along the Calanques.
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